"A really friendly and fun championship"

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Were the parting words left by Beechdean AMR boss Andrew Howard after an eventful weekend of racing at the championship's penultimate round from Donington.

Two races over two days for the multi class amateur driver line up before a third race on the Sunday featuring a Pro driver (if they had one in their line up) again provided for some very close and exciting racing with sometimes no certainty of a winner until the throwing of the chequered flag.

An unfortunate accident in race 1 saw a red flag being thrown with a new GT4 being almost destroyed and a driver temporarily hospitalised for checks (and thankfully later released) before the race was restarted that allowed for Howard and Nigel Hudson to claim second and third overall in their respective Vantage GT3's.

In the GTH Class (GT4), class championship contender Adam Hatfield and his Whitebridge AMR claimed their first win of the weekend aboard their Vantage whilst Paul Hollywood came a close second in his Beechdean  GT4.

The second race on Saturday was less fortunate for Howard who started from pole but soon had to retire his #107 car after damage was sustained in an overtaking manoeuvre with the then leading Mosler going into the Melbourne loop. The issues with these cars at least allowed the championship returning Hud Motorsport Vantage GT3 to claim the top step by the end of that 25 minute race.

Again, the #72 Whitebridge AMR Murphy/Hatfield car secured the top spot in GTH with Hollywood securing the final step to boot.

After an overnight break things ramped up to the start of the fifty minute compulsory pit stop interrupted race with Howard again being fastest in warm up before securing another front row slot for the race. For Hudson the winning ways of yesterday were to be swapped with the disappointment of an early retirement with a drive shaft failure but for Howard the the race went on.

Come the chequered flag it was another P2 for Howard in GTO , another first for Murphy and Hatfield securing them the class championship in the process and another P2 for Hollywood and Gunn both in the GTH class.

Plenty of silverware all round for the AMR guys!!

Role on Silverstone there could be another title up for grabs!

Photo credits - Steve Jackman / GT Cup 

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